9 Leftover Cheese Ideas

Gather up those bits of leftover cheese and feast again.
Check out the recipe and serving suggestions below.

Mac n’ Cheese – Because who said it’s only supposed to contain cheddar?
Fallen Cheese Souffle – You probably have all these ingredients already.
Ecuadorian Stuffed Potato Pancakes – For something different.
Cheese and Spinach Baked Egg Pots – British inspiration.
Cannolis – For that leftover ricotta – courtesy of Sierra Cheese.

Fromage Fort (i.e. Cheese Spread)- Put ’em all in the blender and get out the toast.
Grilled Cheese – It always tastes better with a combo of cheeses.  A nice spreadable cheese, like a fromage blanc or cream cheese is a great addition.
Flavor your Soup – Throw those Parmesan rinds in for a cheesy flavor. (take out before eating).
Or simply
, slice a walnut/cranberry baguette, put out the leftover cheese, a bit of wine, and invite your friends/neighbors over.

What We’re Snackin’ On – Fiscalini Traditional Cheddar

This week we picked up some of Fiscalini Cheese’s Traditional Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar. This cheese has won more awards than you can count, including “Best Farmhouse Cheese in America.” 

Cheddar cheese originated in the village of Cheddar in England. Yes, there’s a place called Cheddar Village. We can only dream of living there! While it ages, this cheese is wrapped in cheesecloth (which is how it gets its name). It’s a tad crumbly, and has a nice delicate smoky flavor to it. You can eat it with pretty much anything!

Fiscalini Cheese has the following pairing suggestions:

BEER

  • Red Ale
  • German Wheat
  • Amber Ale

FOOD

  • Green Apples
  • Blueberry Granola
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Mild Salami

WINE

  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Chardonnay

You can find Fiscalini Cheese‘s Traditional Cheddar at your local cheese shop.  Or, stop by their farm in Modesto, see the cows, and pick up cheese at their creamery.  It’s on the Central Valley Cheese Trail.

Cheese By Mail

Sneak your way to into someone’s heart by sending them cheese. Each package listed below is carefully selected and perfectly paired by a California cheesemaker, so you don’t have to think about anything except pushing a button.  (Note: shipping may be extra)

Send one as a gift, bring it along to a party, or, just save it for yourself.

For a full list of cheesemakers who ship, click here

BURROUGH FAMILY FARMS

So Gouda – $34
A delicious gift basket from the Burroughs Family Farms that each member of the family will surely enjoy this holiday!


Package includes:
Burroughs Grass to Gold Gouda Cheese
Rustic Bakery artisan crisps
Jar of Whipped Honey
Burroughs Family Almonds


COWGIRL CREAMERY

Truffle Tam Home Kit – $75

The cheesemongers at our Cowgirl Creamery Ferry Building cheese shop create a delicious and decadent truffled Mt Tam in collaboration with their neighbors at Far West Fungi and sell it during the holidays. Due to a loud demand from out-of-town visitors, it’s been decided to offer this do-it-yourself kit to our customers to prepare at home.

 

Package includes:
Mt Tam
Black Truffle Pate
Cowgirl Creamery Sea Salt & Olive Oil Crackers


Holiday Shipping Schedule:
For delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed to ship the week of December 17. The cut off time to place orders shipping the week of Dec 17 is Dec 19 at 8am Pacific Time.
For the week of Dec 24, we will only be shipping on Dec 26.
For the week of Dec 31, we will only ship on Jan 2.

 

CYPRESS GROVE

Cheese and Cookies for Santa – $50

The perfect gift set for the cheese-loving kid at heart. If you’re trying to get on Santa’s good list and just aren’t sure what to do, mix up the cliche “milk and cookies” with a spread chock-full of delicious cheeses, decadent butter cookies, and divinely rich drinking chocolate. Naughty to nice in ten seconds flat!

Humboldt Fog and Sweet Dreams are the perfect pairing companions for Rustic Bakery’s vanilla butter cookies and Dick Taylor Chocolate’s Drinking Chocolate, a rich and velvety European style drinking chocolate, handcrafted using ethically sourced cacao beans from the Maya Mountain Co-op in Belize. Sweet, salty, and decadent, this set makes a fabulous gift for friends, family, or yourself (trust us, you deserve it!).

 

Package includes:
Humboldt Fog Mini
Fresh Cup, Sweet Dreams
Belize Drinking Chocolate
Box of Snowflake Cookies

 

MARIN FRENCH

3-Wheels Variety – $32

The 3-Wheels Variety makes a great gift for coworkers, clients, friends or family.  It includes 3- 8 oz wheels of Traditional Brie, Triple Crème Brie, Camembert, plus a cheese knife.

 

Package includes:

Camembert (8oz)
Traditional Brie (8oz)
Triple Crème Brie (8oz)
Wooden Cheese Knife

NICASIO VALLEY

Family Favorites Gift Box – $48.50

This collection sparks lively debate when our family discusses which cheese is the “best.” Foggy Morning embodies the cool quiet mornings shared at the Lafranchi  family ranch. Nicasio Reserve is assertive, yet refined and luxurious. The sentimental favorite, Nicasio Square features the stronger aromas and flavors achieved in washed rind cheeses.

Package includes:
Foggy Morning
Nicasio Reserve
Nicasio Square

 

PENNY ROYAL FARM

Holiday Cheese Sampler – $68

When you’re planning a get-together and need a festive board or a special delight in seasonality, this selection of six farmstead cheeses—all handmade in small batches at the farm—will bring a unique taste of place to the table!

 

The Holiday Cheese Sampler includes:
Laychee 
Laychee with Fennel Pollen & Pink Peppercorn 
Velvet Sister
Boont Corners, Two Month
Boont Corners, Vintage 
Boont Corners, Reserve

 

POINT REYES CHEESE

Taste of Point Reyes – $75

Share the taste of West Marin expressed in farm fresh cheese with this cheese bundle from Point Reyes Cheese.

Package includes:
Original Blue
Bay Blue
Toma
Aged Gouda
Bonnie Bee Honey 
Wooden Honey Dipper
Rustic Bakery Blue Cheese Coins
Soft Pack Logo Picnic Cooler (not shown in photo)
Wooden Logo Cheese Knife

 

WM COFIELD

Gift Box – $65.00

This mix comes with Wm. Cofield’s signature cheeses that will surely brighten up your holidays!

Package includes:
Mckinley Cheddar
Bodega Blue
Fresh Willie’s Curds

For a full list of cheesemakers who ship, click here

Artisan Cheese Festival

California’s main cheese event happens next weekend, Friday, the 23rd thru the 25th, in Santa Rosa. For a cheese nerd, this hits all the right buttons.

On Friday, there are farm tours (including a stop at this writer’s own farm – Straus Home Ranchtickets are still available).

A Best Bite Competition where chefs and cheesemongers come up with their best ideas, pays tribute to those brave and hardworking, first responders of the recent fires.

On Saturday, industry experts instruct on pairings with charcuterie to beer and wine and how to judge cheese.

Then start your evening with a cheese and cocktail pairing.

On Sunday, you can start your morning with a cheese and bubbly brunch.

Then, besides the farm tours (which I LOVE), comes my own favorite event: the Sunday Marketplace. Here you meet 115 producers of cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. One ticket gets you access to tastes galore, including both current and new cheeses while meeting the cheesemakers themselves.

This year the festival has moved from Petaluma to the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds. But parking comes FREE with your ticket purchase.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.  See you there!

Why No Pig Milk Cheese?

Theoretically, pig’s milk should make great cheese. It’s got the fat (8.5%!), lactose and water as needed. 

But they only produce a gallon and a half of milk per day (as opposed to cows that give about eight). It takes a gallon of milk to make a pound of cheese. And then, pigs can’t become pregnant while they’re lactating; an economic downside.

But the real problem? Pigs have fourteen teats – yes 14! – as opposed to four for a cow and two for goats or sheep. 

And milk only comes out in fifteen second blasts (as opposed to 10 minutes for a cow).

So a fancy contraption that works in fifteen second intervals with fourteen attachments would need to be designed for a very small amount of milk.

There might be other cultural or religious reasons that pig’s milk and cheese haven’t made our breakfast table, but the conclusion is clear: Let’s leave that precious milk for the little piggies.

Get more cheese facts HERE.